Eva Jewel Heaton Klep (1900-1990) was born to Orlando Sheridan Heaton (1871-1949) and Nora Thompson Heaton (1874-1954) in Centralia, Indiana. Her parents moved to Boynton Beach Florida in about 1924, and she followed soon after. Orlando Sheridan Heaton was a contractor and builder in the Boynton area and built many houses, including the old Boynton Woman's Club. Eva worked in or operated a beauty salon for some unknown length of time. She married John A. Klep (1888-1965) in 1929. Klep had some means through his family, and also was a builder, and made custom Venetian blinds, and created miniature models of buildings. They had no children.
Interviewed by James Hartley Nichols on 31 January 1979 for the Boynton Beach City Library Oral History Program. Topics discussed include Eva Heaton Klep's arrival in Boynton Beach in 1925; her experiences during the 1928 hurricane; and the history of several Boynton Beach buildings, including the old Woman's Club (502 E. Ocean Avenue), the fish haven (at the Boynton Inlet), her home (115 SE 3rd Street) and the Rainbow Gardens building (1730 N Federal Hwy).
00:30 Arrival in Boynton 1925, where their first house was located
09:42 Location of her beauty shop, 502 E. Ocean Avenue
13:00 1928 Hurricane
17:50 Husband John Klep from Holland
21:52 Father built the Woman's Club
24:00 Going to the Beach and the Casino
35:00 History of 115 SE 3rd Avenue in Boynton Beach
00:14 Sold land to Baptist Church
01:52 Attended First Christian Church in Lake Worth from 1927
02:35 Brother Wendell C. Klep
07:00 Raised chickens, fox problem
13:50 Rainbow Gardens/Garden of Allah/Bernard's building
20:30 Fish Haven at Boynton Inlet built by father, run by parents
Finding aid created December 2019 by Georgen Charnes.
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